GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A judge set bond at $80,000 Tuesday for the man Goose Creek police say shot a convenience store owner in the neck and hand during an armed robbery on Monday night.
Goose Creek police said they arrested 31-year-old Christopher Gordon Flowers and charged him with armed robbery following a standoff situation on Monday night. On Tuesday, police also charged Flowers with attempted murder, kidnapping, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
He is being held in the Berkeley County Detention Center.
Authorities responded to the Beer and Tobacco Food Mart on 139 Red Bank Road after receiving a call from a customer around 6:11 p.m.
The customer told authorities when he went to the store, he found the door locked, which he thought was unusual. He then heard some noise in the store and contacted law enforcement.
When police arrived on scene and circled the building, they said they heard faint cries for help. They were able to pry open a back door and find the owner suffering from gunshot wounds with his hands tied behind his back. The owner told police there was someone with a gun inside the restaurant.
The SWAT team was then brought to the scene, and negotiators were able to make contact with Flowers via his cell phone. Flowers eventually surrendered.
The store owner, father of a newborn child, was taken to the hospital for treatment. During Tuesday's bond hearing, the victim's advocate said the victim was still in pain, and could not even swallow due to the wound to his neck.
Flowers' fiancee said he never actually meant to shoot anyone. She said Flowers told her the gun went off by accident, and the only reason he tied up the store owner was because he was being attacked.